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Private travel clinics
uglybetty

31 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 10:34
Does anyone have experience of working in private travel clinics?
karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 10:45
Yes

Please be informed that the above is the opinion of the author and is in no way meant to be taken as instruction.

karen
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Lilywhite

1405 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 11:07
I do it full time!

Please be aware this is my opinion only based on the evidence I have seen, and not meant to be taken as direction
uglybetty

31 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 11:41
Thanks for your replies, I was wondering how it compares to NHS practice nursing. How long are the appts, what about training, revalidation, support etc. Have the opportunity of shadowing a nurse at a private clinic so will go and do this first to find out more any pointers on what else to ask would be very useful. Thanks

karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 11:54
It is not practice nursing but you have some transferable skills in immunisation at the very least. Appt time, training and terms and conditions will vary depending on the clinic so if you are shadowing then you will be able to find this out ?

I work ad hoc as I do not like to teach about something I do not practice?

Are you considering a full time change or additional hours to get travel health experience?

Please be informed that the above is the opinion of the author and is in no way meant to be taken as instruction.

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Lilywhite

1405 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 13:07
Totally agree Karen. The appointment time, training, revalidation, salary, sick pay, AL etc will vary in every single clinic.

Please be aware this is my opinion only based on the evidence I have seen, and not meant to be taken as direction
uglybetty

31 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 17:38
Thanks for your replies. Was considering doing it instead of practice nursing.
Lilywhite

1405 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 17:49
I love Travel Medicine. However, I wasn't a practice nurse before and I don't know whether I would want to keep up some of those skills as they may be very valuable in future?

If you are considering doing it as a full time job, then it would be sensible to do some of the more in depth courses, such as the Diploma of Membership of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the RCPS(glasg). It completely changed the way I practice travel medicine and gave me far more confidence and competence. If you have relatively limited experience I would go for one of the more introductory courses first though - NaTHNaC has a list of courses available.

The RCN competencies in Travel Medicine (due to be updated very shortly) will give you an idea of where you sit now and what to aim towards.
 

Please be aware this is my opinion only based on the evidence I have seen, and not meant to be taken as direction
karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  05-Feb-2018 23:09
You become de skilled regarding many of your practice nursing skills and personally find having a portfolio career keeping the door open to both stopped me burning out like many colleagues

If you love travel then training as a specialist is worthwhile and still advised as you work up your competency level. You can do that and maintain a part time or locum role in gp land too though?

Try it and see? There will always be pn work to get back to or continue ?

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karen
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uglybetty

31 Posts

Posted:  06-Feb-2018 10:19 Log in to like this post
Thanks for all your opinions - yes I agree about the burn out as I think this is why I want to change. Perhaps I should reduce my PN hours and do both I had not thought of that.
karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  12-Feb-2018 20:48
If you are in London I know somewhere that would be happy to have someone do one shift a month/ some ad hoc cover to get a feel for working in private clinics and always on with a well qualified clinician so plently of mentoring. That would be a good way of you dipping into this different world before committing to a major change. Pm me if you are interested. I would not be employing you so not breaking any forum rules mentioning this to you hopefully Uglybetty?

Please be informed that the above is the opinion of the author and is in no way meant to be taken as instruction.

karen
Tifanm

29 Posts

Posted:  19-Feb-2018 11:24
Hi Lilywhite and Karen. Can I please ask you a question being involved in private travel clinic.
I am doing a few shift in a private travel clinic and had a recent CQC visit. For the initial CQC registration, CQC informed the manager, they need a pharmacist signature on the PGD, apart from the manager and NMP as it's our own. But now with the recent, the CQC has now changed to say a Doctor signature should be on the PGD too. Is that something you have come across as we think the CQC is giving conflicting advice. Any information on who can sign an effective private PGD?

Thanks for your help.
Tifanm


Lilywhite

1405 Posts

Posted:  19-Feb-2018 11:43
Hi Tifanm

This RCN guidance document explains:

https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/pub-001370

Hope it helps!

Please be aware this is my opinion only based on the evidence I have seen, and not meant to be taken as direction
karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  19-Feb-2018 17:52
Private PGDs should still adhere to nice guidance to keep CQC happy
https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/mpg2

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karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  19-Feb-2018 17:55
You might find this cqc myth buster of interest too
http://www.cqc.org.uk/guidance-providers/gps/nigels-surgery-19-patient-group-directions-pgds-patient-specific-directions

Please be informed that the above is the opinion of the author and is in no way meant to be taken as instruction.

karen
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karen.rudd

11999 Posts

Posted:  19-Feb-2018 17:57
Jane Chiodini sums it all up well
http://www.janechiodini.co.uk/help/faqs/faq-1-prescribing-travel/

Please be informed that the above is the opinion of the author and is in no way meant to be taken as instruction.

karen
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